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CSCMP Announces General Session Speaker Lineup at Annual Global Conference

Global security, anticipating supply chain transformations, and the impact of rapid technology advances will be the subjects addressed by

the three general session speakers at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference in Denver, Colorado, October 5-8, 2008.

Frances Townsend, the Former Assistant to President George Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, will give the event’s keynote address, Global Strategic Risk:

Anticipate, Prepare, and Mitigate. Global risk, crisis preparation, and leadership are issues that affect every business today, regardless of size, location, or the markets it serves. This year’s keynote message will expand attendees’ views of risk while offering new ways of mitigating it.

Townsend will share her insights gained from front-line crisis management and unprecedented visibility to US leaders.

At Tuesday’s major session, Dr. Mahender Singh, head of the groundbreaking Supply Chain 2020 research project at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT-CTL), will map the new world of fast-evolving markets in his presentation, Curved Thinking in a Flat World: How to Capitalize on Future Uncertainty. Using the latest research on scenario planning and visioning from the SC2020 program, Dr. Singh will demonstrate how supply chain professionals can learn to anticipate transformational change before being overtaken by events.

Faster, Better, Smaller: Leading in an Era of Exponential Change will be the topic of Wednesday’s closing session, presented by Jack Uldrich, noted futurist and best-selling author.

As supply chain management continues to grow in importance as one of the key differentiators of the future, Mr. Uldrich will outline how exponential advances in technology will facilitate this trend. He will also discuss how innovative producers and manufacturers can harness this progress to

improve margins as well as retain and increase market share.

Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the preeminent association for individuals involved in supply chain management. CSCMP provides global educational, career development, and networking opportunities to over 9,000 members. CSCMP’s annual global conferences host over 3,500 supply chain professionals from around the world who gather for educational information and networking opportunities.


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